I’ve belong to a Facebook group that swaps fabric postcards each month and have been asked how I do the edging on my cards. The technique was taught by Carol Ann Waugh in the Craftsy Class Stupendous Stitching . Unlike Carol who used rat tail cord I use dyed egyptian cotton bias ribbon from ‘Images of Egypt’ –Kirdassa@kirdassa.karoo.co.uk or sari silk ribbon from various suppliers. Any yarn or embellishing trim could be used for the technique given below.
- Assemble postcard and trim to size commonly 6″ x 4″.
- Using thread to match background and stitch width approx. 2 length 1.5 zig zag around the edge of card. I use the walking foot on my machine.
- Change to a thread that matches the binding. Lay it alongside the piece starting 1/2 way along one side. Set the zig zag stitch to 3 and keep the length the same.
- Leave 1/2″ tail and zig zag the trim to the card. I find that if you put the edge of the card at the centre marker of the foot it pulls the trim onto the card nicely.
- When you get to a corner drop the needle into the card or trim and pivot your work.
- As you approach the start trim the tail you left and continue just past the start. Then just finish off by cutting the trim level.
- If you find any thread pulling up from underneath in your zig zag I just colour it with a matching pen to hide the thread.
I also use this technique for small quilts. I’m just too idle to do a proper binding!